The Washington Post reports:
The United States logged a seven-day average coronavirus case count of 168,981 on Wednesday, amid a nationwide spike driven partly by the omicron variant, Washington Post figures show, surpassing a summer peak of just over 165,000 infections on Sept. 1.
Even before omicron was detected, coronavirus-related hospitalizations were rising in the United States. About 46,000 people were in hospitals for covid-19 in early November, compared with nearly 70,000 now. The Biden administration and many state governments have been pushing immunized Americans to get booster vaccinations.
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Preliminary data suggests omicron is significantly more contagious than previous versions of the coronavirus. The latest surge is the second-largest wave of the pandemic so far. (This is a free access article — read more.) https://t.co/JWYvmvnPcY
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